I have been watching this site for awhile, people seem to have a lot of knowledge and know exactly what I am going through. I am looking for help in healing- is there anything else I can do? I am a 38 yr old busy & active mom who had PLIF Dec 23, 2008 to repair a rupurted disc L5/S1. The healing process right after surgery was okay, not too bad but when does the pain end? My disc slipped in October 2008, I sought treament for a month, then went to ER on Thanksgiving 2008, they put me on steriods and pain killers. I went in for two MRI's and finally met with my surgeon mid-Dec, by then it had ruptured and surgery was immediately done. Its been 8 months, 3days since my surgery and I am in pain EVERYDAY. I have been on Norco (vicodin) since November. It hurts to sit, bend, walk anything for any length of time kust kills me. I went back to work part-time, I had a new job just prior to surgery with the hopes of going fulltime. Now since surgery- I can't. I work at a desk and sitting for more then a few hours hurts so bad, as it is I have to stretch, stand and move every hour. I cannot bend, household chores I once enjoyed- I hate! I feel like a burden on my family- they have to do so much cause Mom can't...My low back aches all the time, my legs feel numb at times, and I overall just feel like crap. I have to get up in the morning 2 hours before my children so I can take my pills, drink my coffee and lay on a heating pad...all so I can handle making lunches, getting ready for work and getting my children ready for the day. My Dr. told me to come back for my one year check up in Dec. and that this is normal- this healing takes a year to a year & a half. Seriously...does it really? I go to the gym, I am trying to walk and help strengthen my muscles, I just wanted to see if there is anything else I can do.
So tired of living in pain.